Michigan Lawyers Representing Families in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland County
Many people we talk to wonder if estate planning is necessary. Some believe that estate planning is “only for rich people” or that they do not need to worry about it yet because they are young and healthy. While we recognize that preparing for the realities of the future may not be something you or your family are excited to address, doing so is extremely important.
Your estate plan is not just a set of instructions that tell the government what to do with your property after you are gone. It is also a tool that allows you to maintain control over your affairs both while you are alive and after you pass away. Designed and implemented correctly, an estate plan will protect you and the people you love.
Michele P. Fuller is the founder of the Michigan Law Center, and the president of Advocacy, Inc., a nonprofit organization. As a Michigan lawyer, her law practice focuses on advocacy, protection, and asset preservation for persons with disabilities. She frequently works in the following areas of the law: elder law, special needs planning, special needs trust administration, and settlement planning.
Michele is deeply honored by what her firm has achieved as an advocate for and representative of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. For more than 20 years, our Michigan attorneys have been at the forefront of our industry, providing trusted legal guidance to our clients and their families.
Michele thoroughly explained possible options and gave us hope.
We are pleased to announce the release of our latest book, Administering the Michigan Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees and Those Who Advise Them. Special needs trusts (SNTs) are a key component of special needs planning, and an SNT trustee must fully understand their many responsibilities. A great SNT trustee is a strong financial manager, accountant, recordkeeper, legal counselor, public benefits advisor, social worker, housing coordinator, civil rights advocate, guardian, and life coach. Our book will walk you through the specifics of what this important position entails and how to effectively fulfill its duties.
The world of public benefits for the disabled is a complex one that requires careful study. It is very easy to mess up these rules and using common sense will generally lead to a loss of public benefits and potential liability for an SNT trustee. The book is written in question and answer format to cover all aspects of administering a special needs trust. In addition, there are multiple checklists, sample forms, and summaries included that will allow a trustee to confidently manage any type of special needs trust.